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Jim Cramer Says Intel Sapphire Delay Is 'Another Reason' To Buy AMD

June 30, 2021 11:37 pm
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Jim Cramer Says Intel Sapphire Delay Is 'Another Reason' To Buy AMD

CNBC host Jim Cramer said that Intel Corp. (NASDAQ:INTC) delaying production of one of its newest chips, code-named Sapphire Rapids, is “another reason” to buy rival chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD).

What Happened: Cramer took to Twitter to say that Intel’s Sapphire delay is something he has come to expect from this “once great company.”

The “Mad Money” host added that while Intel’s CEO Pat Gelsinger is doing a “very good job,” AMD’s CEO Lisa Su is very competitive and not going to lose that lead quickly.

See Also: AMD's Stock Becomes Overbought And Heads Toward Resistance

Why It Matters: Intel said in a blog post that it is delaying production of the “Sapphire Rapids” Xeon processors to the first quarter of 2022 and will start ramping shipments beginning in the second quarter.

The delay is the first under Gelsinger, following significant delays in chip-making advances under his predecessor, Bob Swan.

However, the move is seen as creating an opportunity for AMD to gain market share. The chipmaker secured Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google as its high-profile customers earlier this month.

AMD succeeded in expanding its data-center chip market share to 8.9% in the first quarter of 2021 from 1.8% in 2018. Intel maintained the lead with a 9.1% share.

Price Action: Intel shares closed almost 1.1% lower in Wednesday’s regular trading session at $56.14 and further declined 0.2% in the after-hours session to $56.03.

AMD shares closed 4.9% higher in the regular trading session at $93.93 and further rose 0.3% in the after-hours session to $94.18.

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